Indian taxi-hailing company Ola has made its debut in the United Kingdom on August 20, Sunday. It is now live on both Google Play and the iOS App Store.
Starting today, Ola cab services are available in South Wales including -- Cardiff, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan -- and will soon expand to the Greater Manchester in coming days. It plans to cover the entire United Kingdom by the end of 2018.
As part of the launch programme, Ola is offering customers a limited number of discounted rides to try its new service.
As for the drivers, it is offering introductory commission rates – up to 10 percent for Private Hire Vehicles (PHV) drivers and 5 percent for normal cabs. The payments will be credited to the driver on daily basis.
"This is an exciting moment for everyone at Ola and we are very pleased that South Wales is where we will be starting our UK journey. Over recent weeks, Ola has received positive feedback from drivers in South Wales and looks forward to providing passengers with a dynamic, new responsible service. We are determined to do a great job for the community and work closely with local authorities to help with their mobility goals," Ben Legg, Managing Director of Ola UK, said in a statement.
The Uber-rival, which largely operates in major Indian cities and town, started operation in Australia, earlier this year in February 2018 and is currently serving seven major cities with more than 40,000 registered drivers.
Ola now records 1 billion rides each year globally, with more than 1 million drivers and 125 million customers in over 110 cities in the world.